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What’s happening in Annapolis?
BY Paul Foer
January 25, 2013

O’Malley Releases Budget: With his blue tie loosened and shirt sleeves rolled up, Gov. Martin O’Malley told the news media last week that his proposed nearly $37.3 billion budget, 4 percent higher than the previous one, is a “jobs budget” that will support 43,000 jobs in school construction, roads, bridges and more because “there is CONTINUE »

Confirmation hearings will clarify nominee’s stance
BY Paul Foer
January 18, 2013

Jewish groups nationally are div-ided while others are taking a wait-and-see attitude regarding the nomination of former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel for defense secretary. Local leaders appear to reflect a guarded approach yet question Hagel’s views on Iran. “Obviously the Jewish community has some concerns,” said Baltimore Jewish Coalition Executive Director Dr. Arthur Abramson. “I CONTINUE »

Can Natan Sharansky fix the Western Wall?
BY Ben Sales
January 18, 2013

He brought unprecedented attention to the plight of Soviet Jewry. He stood up to the KGB. He survived nine years in Siberia. He served in Israel’s fractious government. Now, Natan Sharansky is facing his next challenge: finding a solution to the growing battle over women’s prayer restrictions at the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest site. In CONTINUE »

BY Aryeh Savir, Tazpit News Agency
January 18, 2013

Last week’s storm in Israel was a record-breaker on many accounts. Many areas in the country received between 8 and 12 inches of rain, an amount that occurs on average every 10 to 15 years. • Rainfall in the north: 80% – 95% of the total annual average rainfall; 180% – 230% of the average CONTINUE »

A movement that is unapologetically Orthodox but also unapologetically modern
BY Maayan Jaffe
January 18, 2013

A quaint and unassuming house across from Pikesville High School has a sign in front of it. “Netivot Shalom” it reads, “Paths of Peace.” The shul, which started as a breakaway minyan from one area synagogue, is now a vibrant and blossoming institution for men and women in the Pikesville area — men and women CONTINUE »